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Thousands of campers are set to hit the road this holiday weekend — but are their camper propane systems ready for the trip?

By Special to the Times-Georgian

As we approach the July 4th holiday, many will be making memories with the family that will last a lifetime.

Summer vacation is, undoubtedly, going to look at lot different for many Americans this year. As many try to keep avoid crowds during the pandemic, RV vacations will be on the rise. Because of its portability, safety and long shelf life, propane is an ideal energy source for RVs.

Blossman Gas, which serves customers across west Georgia and the Southeast, is reminding RV users to get their propane systems checked by certified technicians before heading out on the road and to review these important check list items.

• Inspect propane cylinders and hold-down brackets for signs of rust, corrosion, fatigue, or wear. For permanently installed tanks, check the brackets and mounting hardware, as well.

• Check exterior vents and clear any debris, sticks, dust, twigs, insects, or other items that may restrict venting.

• Store any additional propane cylinders securely in an upright and ventilated area. Never store a propane cylinder inside your RV.

• Make sure any connections to the propane tank are not frayed or damaged.

• Check for functioning propane, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors, and make sure a fire extinguisher is readily available.

• Have a trained service technician inspect the propane system at least once a year in order to detect potential dangers.

If you smell gas

• Immediately put out all smoking materials, pilot lights, and other open flames. Do not operate lights or appliances.

• If you are able to, safely turn off the gas supply valve on your cylinder or container.

• Open all doors and other ventilating openings.

• Before you restart or use any of your propane appliances, have a qualified service technician inspect your entire system.